“Divisions 2 & 3 are most likely going to be playing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Division 4 will most likely be playing Saturday & Sunday. We will be using the base of the PSP Dallas Open layout while also adding our own modifications, such as a back center. APX will be returning to sell paint as well as other PSP sponsored paint vendors.”
According to ProPaintball Insiders, the long rumored Angel EYE Paintball Goggle will be making its way to fields in the very near future. Insiders report that the ANGEL EYE paintball goggle project has been restarted by Tiberius Arms. Sources tell us the ANGEL EYE Paintball goggle will debut later this month during Paintball Extravaganza.
ProPaintball readers will recall that the ANGEL Paintball goggle was unveiled in 2010 by the now defunct ANGEL Paintball / WDP. When shown at the 2010 HB event folks could not wait to get their hands on the goggle. Unfortuately, several delays prevented the product from being launched. Industry experts attributed delays to fogging issues (based on design) and several mold changes (to fix fogging/improve lens safety). Later in 2011, ANGEL Paintball’s bankruptcy & sale to Tippmann Sports prevented the product from ever being realized.
A release date for the ANGEL Eye Paintball goggle will be posted shortly.
P8NT Magazine legend Chris Dilts is coming back to paintball.
We are thrilled to welcome back an old friend to our production crew on The Roster S3-Chris Dilts. It's not everyday you get to work with …
— ETV Dan (@ETVdan) February 14, 2014
The work of Chris Dilts was best showcased in the now defunct (but game changing) P8NT Magazine. P8NT helped showcase the fast moving paintball lifestyle, fashion and ‘scene’. Over the years Chris has dabbled in photography on a more ‘mainstream’ level. Here are a few highlights his websites ‘about me‘ page.
Christopher Dilts is a Chicago based editorial, political, documentary, and lifestyle photographer.
From May of 2011 to November 2012 he was the Senior Photographer for Obama for America, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. He spent the majority of 2012 traveling with and photographing President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Dr. Jill Biden.
In October 2012 his photograph of Vice President Joe Biden hugging 15-year-old Kobe Groce backstage at a campaign event in Ft. Myers, Fla. was featured by Time Magazine as one of the best political photographs of that week.
In January of 2013 he served as the Senior Photographer for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, documenting Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s Inauguration in Washington, DC.
Worlds End, a photo-zine collecting his photographs of the 2012 Cycle Messenger World Championship was released in March of 2013.
Now if only we could convince Brandon Showers..
We received word that DYE VP Mikko Huttunen has officially left the DYE Group. During the last 10 years Mikko has both played professionally for DYE Paintball under the Ironmen shield and worked extensively to develop and diversify DYE’s business. In 2011 Mikko spearheaded the launch of DYE SNOW. Under Mikko’s leadership the DYE Snow line has seen respectable growth.
Update: here is a quote from Mikko;
Time for the new adventures. Today I left DYE, so please don’t use my old phone number. Contact me in Facebook or my personal mail until I get a new phone…
No word yet on who will replace Mikko or continue driving the DYE Snow product line.
Chuck Hendsch and the National Professional Paintball League have announced that the NPPL 2014 paintball season is on hold. This move comes after years of speculation, rumors, and several failed mergers with the PSP. Release below.
For Immediate Release:
National Professional Paintball League Inc. (NPPL)
15552 Graham Street
Huntington Beach Ca. 92649
714 758 5575
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF.- Founded in 1992, the NPPL (National Professional Paintball League) has had the honor of sanctioning some of the largest, successful, paintball events in the world. Many players have speculated as to whether or not the NPPL series will return for the 2014 season. It is confirmed that the NPPL will take time off this season to restructure, reorganize and focus on bringing you yet another prosperous season in 2015. The NPPL will utilize the time off to generate new interest in the league and attain new promoters, sponsors, vendors, and field operators.
Interested parties please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Professional Paintball League is committed to hosting the highest quality paintball tournaments. Our vision is to provide players and teams with a professional stage to compete, focusing on quality referees and organization while providing an incredible vibe, enabling players to have the time of their lives. Come experience the Greatest Paintball Show on Earth!
The Dawson family has invited all of Matt’s friends to the memorial service happening next week. There will be many members of the paintball community in attendance and we welcome you to join us. In addition, a celebration of Matt’s life will be held at a local paintball park on Saturday, 2-15-14. Announcement forthcoming.
The memorial service will be held on Wednesday, 2-12-14, at 11am at Revival Christian Fellowship, 29220 Scott Rd, Menifee,CA 92584. Reception to follow at the home of Chris & Lorraine Dawson. If you have questions, contact Amy Dawson by email at email@example.com.
Flowers can be sent to Revival Christian Fellowship and/or donations can be made to the Matthew Christopher Dawson Memorial Fund.
It is with heavy heart that we share the passing of our dear friend and compatriot Matt Dawson. Matt D was a hero to many and a legend to all.
Matt Dawson humanized the game of paintball and shed new light on the sport we all love. Rather than take the easy money and make big brands bigger, Matt re-focused the spotlight on the players. Matt made you a brand of your own.
No stranger to hardship, Matt D bled, sweat, and fought through the constant roller coaster that professional paintball presented. Through hard work and dedication he rose through the ranks and ultimately upped the proverbial ante in the industry.
Matt D was one of the founding members of ProPaintball and helped both realize and set our vision. When the industry crashed, and PGi moved on, Matt didn’t shy away. Instead, he doubled down. In addition to lending his creative talent and energy to ProPaintball, he launched a magazine of his own. His mag, FeatureThis, went on to feature the best of the best. FeatureThis kept the spotlight on those who continued to struggle week after week in order to be the best of the best in professional paintball.
Matt Dawson, you were a true friend and one of the crew. This PBR tall can and sack of BBQ seeds are for you brother. Matt D, we salute you.
**Please share your thoughts and memories of Matt in the comments below.
***Check out his work on MattDPhoto.com
Pro paintball player Dalton Vanderbyl has signed to play with Tampa Bay Damage for the 2014 season. Damage already solid roster was recently augmented with Jason Wheeler of Moscow Red Legion. The announcement of Dalton joining the team rounds out an already solid roster and sets up Damage for an incredible season.
Dalton has played with numerous pro paintball teams including San Diego Aftermath, Omaha Vicious, Newport Entourage, and most recently, San Diego Dynasty.
AKA Paintball founder and chief engineer Larry Alexander has passed on. Larry was the brains behind the AKA Viking and AKA Excalibur paintball markers. In addition to building great paintball regulators, AKA was at one point responsible for building some of the fastest paintball guns in the business. AKA later was sued by Smart Parts for patent infringement (the infamous electronically controlled marker patent). Larry and AKA fought vigorously against the claims but ultimately lost and part of their agreement included discontinuing future development and production of electronic markers, effectively shuttering new business.
Elieen Alexander has posted a brief statement on the AKA website.
Larry Alexander passed away December 21, 2013 following a long illness. We appreciate the wishes and prayers of many of you during his illness.
We are still looking for someone who is interested in purchasing the AKA inventory and manufacturing rights as we can no longer support the manufacturing. In the meantime, we will continue to sell and ship our current assembled inventory.
Thank you all for being great customers and friends through the years.